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Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the Community: A Hospital-Based Study

  • Angella Goetz (a1), Kathy Posey (a1), Jean Fleming (a1), Sharon Jacobs (a1), Linda Boody (a1), Marilyn M. Wagener (a1) and Robert R. Muder (a1)...


To determine the proportion of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among patients presenting for hospitalization and to assess risk factors for MRSA carriage, we conducted a study for 13 months at five Pittsburgh-area hospitals. Of 504 S aureus identified, 125 (25%) were MRSA Independent risk factors for MRSA included organ transplantation, employment in a healthcare facility, pressure sores, tube feeding, and hospitalization within the preceding year.


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VA Medical Center, University Dr C, Pittsburgh, PA 15240


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